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Police have been called in to patrol the area near the village of Sougraigne, population 82, in the Aude region over fears the startling claims will lead to a sudden, massive influx of unwanted treasure hunters.
The cave's whereabouts on a rocky, wooded hillside were a long kept secret by the three would-be "raiders" and only made public last week because of an acrimonious dispute between the men.
Sougraigne is very close to Rennes-Le-Chateau, whose charismatic and mysteriously wealthy priest, Béranger Saunière, partly inspired Dan Brown's bestselling novel.
One of the book's characters, the Louvre curator, borrows the Saunière surname. Legend has it that untold treasures are hidden in the vicinity of Rennes-Le-Chateau. These include the gold of the Visigoths, said to include the original menorah, the seven-branched gold candelabrum used by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem, built by King Solomon.
They kept their excavations, using hi-tech equipment from the US, secret for the past three years.
However, their search was suddenly brought to public attention following the publication of a book on July 12 by two of the trio, called "The Gold of Rennes", which offers clues.
Furious that he had not been party to their oeuvre, Michel Vallet took revenge by posting a photo on the internet last Sunday of the cave entrance where the three believe the treasure lies.
Sadly everything here has prolly been looted a long time ago. I would be surprised if anything is left.
Originally posted by Shadoefax
For those who would like to explore the area, here are the Google Earth coords:
Rennes-le-Château (The castle where Berenger Sauniere lived and the origin of the mystery): 42°55'36.79"N, 2°15'50.62"E
Pech d'en Couty (The general area of the cave where the "Treasure of the Visigoths" resides): 42°53'46.49"N, 2°22'57.09"E
edit on 7/30/2011 by Shadoefax because: syntax/grmmer
Originally posted by EnigmaAgent
Originally posted by JRCrowley
Wake up on the wrong side of the bed, buddy?
I happen to think the whole Rennes-Le-Chateau mystery is one of the most interesting out there.
Thanks to the OP for bringing this to my attention, since I am also very interested in that whole area and the very deep and mysterious history behind it.
For those who aren't yet familiar with Henry Lincoln's work, this video is a good starting point.
Ah yes the well know Priory of Zion hoax.
Try again buddy
Originally posted by micpsi
Patrice Chaplin has proved in her books "Secrets of Girona" and "The Portal"